conversation piece


server: do we have an English person?

wendy: we do

server:   I met a whole bunch of English people when  I worked in Florida  

wendy: oh!

server:   they asked for jacket potatoes

wendy: are they called something else over here?

server:   yes..   and they’d say it so fast it sounded like ‘jork’t ato’s (….lots of ‘blah’ from the server before  we managed to order some much needed food and beers)

colleague: you’ve got a built in conversation piece

wendy:   (raises eyebrow quizzically)

colleague: your accent

In just three days with me he’s witnessed  nearly 700 unsolicited stories  that start  with phrases like  I know a Brit’,   ‘my ancestors were English’   ‘what a cute accent…’ I’ve been there (insert either: London,   Scotland, Italy, Spain)  

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2 bits of lovely banter on “conversation piece”

  1. Anne writes:

    What’s a jacket potato? A baked potato?



  2. theCultFigurine writes:

    I also am “lucky” enough to have a built-in “conversation piece”: a difficult to pronounce last name. Whenever I buy something with a credit card in a store, meet a new person, telephone customer service, go to the doctor, etc, someone is likely to ask me how to pronounce my last name. When I oblige, the follow-up is usually one or more of the following:

    a) “Really?” –no, I LIED about how to pronounce my name…
    b) “I never would have guessed that!” –few people do…
    c) “Wow!” –yep, it’s a mighty big world, with lots of nationalities in it. Glad I could broaden your horizons…

    It gets tiring, but I’m also pretty used to it. And, when given the opportunity to change my last name, I declined. I like my name, I just don’t like idiots 🙂



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